7 Cruelty-Free Sunscreens With Natural Ingredients
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Protecting our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays not only prevents premature aging and sunspots—it can save our lives. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, we should be wearing sunscreen every day of the year.
With warmer, longer days in the near future, it’s essential to apply sun protection each morning—but our health should not come at the expense of animal testing. These cruelty-free sunscreen brands do not test their sunscreens on animals and many of them use vegan, natural ingredients that are good for you and good for the earth. In particular, we prefer to opt for mineral sunscreen whenever possible.
So, whether you’re headed to the beach (don’t forget your swimsuit!) or just running daily errands, lather up with one of our favorite, all natural, ethically formulated sunscreens.
Natural Ingredients | Non-nano zinc oxide, sea kelp, aloe vera, rice bran extract, glycerin, sunflower extract, made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates
Eco-Friendly | Reef-safe, vegan, cruelty-free, free from marine pollutants including phenoxyethanol, benzenes & PEGs
Price | $26
Imagine a sunscreen that hydrates your skin like your favorite daily moisturizer while providing the protection and long lasting effects of a sport sunscreen. kinfield’s Daily Dew sunscreen’s got that and more! This mineral based sunscreen blends easily into skin giving you a glowy finish without streaking or melting into your eyes (goodbye burning). The elite formula not only feels and looks good on your skin, but is also 100% reef-safe. And who said the perfect sunscreen doesn’t exist?
2. NAKED SUNDAYS
Natural Ingredients | Non-nano zinc oxide, iron oxide, watermelon extract, vegan collagen, free from oxybenzone, fragrance and mineral oil
Eco-Friendly | Reef-safe, vegan, cruelty-free
Price | $34
Formulated for all skin types, NAKED SUNDAYS prides itself in having one of the best vegan sunscreen primers with a high SPF rating. This Australian based brand offers an invisible mineral priming lotion that’s infused with vegan collagen for plumping skin and iron oxides which can help protect skin from blue light. It’s SPF 50+ so you’ll receive some of the best protection you can get! For a flawless finish, it’s recommended you apply this sunscreen primer with NAKED SUNDAYS SPF BFF brush for a flawless finish.
Natural Ingredients | Non-nano zinc oxide, blue phytoplankton spirulina maxima extract, microalga phaeodactylum tricornutum extract, rice starch, UVA + UVB + pollution protection
Eco-Friendly | Made in California using ethical labor practices, recyclable packaging, transparent sustainability practices, continuous commitment to reduce carbon footprint
Price | $25
Protect and moisturize your skin against premature aging with this mineral-based natural sunscreen by cocokind. Made with unique ingredients such as blue phytoplankton spirulina for its antioxidant properties and microalga phaeodactylum extract for pollution protection, your skin will thank you for protecting it from the sun and the elements! To make the most of your skincare, make sure you apply sunscreen as the last step in your skincare routine (before makeup) and at least 15 minutes before sun exposure for optimal protection.
Natural Ingredients | Clean chemical ingredients, free from oxybenzone & parabens, free from synthetic ingredients
Eco-Friendly | Vegan, cruelty-free, reef-safe
Price | Starting at $15
Supergoop sunscreen fits into our daily routine—including under and over our makeup—and is always oxybenzone, paraben, and cruelty-free. You can even see the brand’s list of No Ingredients on its website! Supergoop’s mousse is quick-absorbing, water-resistant, and delivers broad-spectrum protection using clean, nourishing ingredients. The PLAY Antioxidant Body Mist is one of our faves as it offers antioxidant protection with added vitamin C, leaving your skin glowy and radiant.
5. Black Girl Sunscreen
Natural Ingredients | All natural ingredients, avocado oil, cacao oil, carrot juice, fragrance-free, paraben-free, oxybenzone-free
Eco-Friendly | Reef-safe, vegan, cruelty-free
Price | $16
Made by women of color for women of color, the beloved Black Girl Sunscreen reminds us that melanated skin needs protection, too. This natural formula includes avocado, jojoba, cacao, carrot juice, and sunflower oil for an ultra-sheer blend that won’t leave a filmy white cast. The brand also offers a sunscreen line for children too. Join 4,000+ others who give this product five stars—your skin (and your family’s!) will thank you!
6. Lani & Kai
Natural Ingredients | Zinc oxide, aloe vera juice, free from parabens, sulfates & nanoparticles
Eco-Friendly | Reef-safe, refillable soft pack packaging, recycled & compostable packaging
Price | $13
Lani & Kai makes healthy and organic sunscreen that’s easy to carry on wherever you go! Packaged up in a slim and flexible carry on pack, you’ll have easy access to this SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen that’s water-resistant, lightweight and invisible on your skin. Lani & Kai’s formula is FDA approved and coral reef safe so you can feel good about what you put on your skin and out into the environment. Throw it in your carry on or purse and seize the day!
Natural Ingredients | Natural & certified organic ingredients, non-nano zinc oxide, organic sea buckthorn oil, organic cold-pressed golden jojoba oil, organic sweet almond oil, seaweed extract, biodynamic avocado oil
Eco-Friendly | Cruelty-free, microplastic-free, recyclable packaging, petrochemical-free
Price | $47
For a clean, everyday sunblock that nourishes your skin and protects it against sun and blue light, FORAH‘s formula is a no-brainer. This reef-safe and certified organic sunscreen is chock full of skin-soothing ingredients like sea buckthorn oil and seaweed extract that can help heal skin inflammation, promote cell regeneration and even help treat and prevent acne. Customers rave about the lightweight feel of Forah’s sunscreen that won’t leave a white case or feel greasy. We’re sold!
Featured image is from FORAH